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Health Emergencies for Expats in Malta

Submitted: November 2013

The official emergency number in Malta is 112 (European emergency number). There is no other emergency number.

Calls to 112 are free, and they are responded to in English. On average, you can expect to have a 112 adviser over the phone within 5 seconds.

If your problem is less serious, you can call your doctor’s out-of-hours service, if there is any.

Hospital emergency rooms

In an emergency, you should go to the hospital straightway or dial 112. Hospital emergency rooms are generally open 24/7.

Like the UK or Spain, Malta views emergency treatment as a universal entitlement. If you need emergency care, you will get it free of charge with no questions asked. A hospital should not deny you emergency treatment, especially in a life-threatening emergency. Once your condition stabilises, however, the hospital may ask your national insurance details.

Complex surgeries

The problem with Malta is that it is so small that it does not necessarily have all the equipment you may need. In some cases, you may have to be repatriated to your home country, or to be flown to a foreign country for medical treatment.

Maltese citizens can, in some circumstances, get the complex medical care they need in the UK. However, most expatriates are unlikely to get any free treatment from the British NHS. Once you know you will have to pay anyway, you can consider arranging treatment in another highly-equipped EU country, such as Italy or France. If you are a US expat, don’t forget that surgeries tend to be much cheaper in Europe.

 

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